#1
Hi. I've been playing guitar for a number of years, but I've always wanted to learn some piano too. However, since I'm moving to college in less than a year, it isn't practical for me to get anything large. So I have to settle for a keyboard for now. But because of budget, I have to look at cheaper keyboard at the moment. I'm fine with that, except all of them seem to have less than the regular 88-keys on them. At the moment I'm looking at the Yamaha PSR E313, which has only 61 keys. If I were to start playing on that, with the intention of moving to piano or an 88-key keyboard in the future, will the change in number of keys be difficult to get used to? Or should I be looking for an 88 key keyboard to begin with?
#2
It just limits the range of notes you have. if you think you'll need to hit notes higher/lower than those on a 61 key keyboard, get an 88 key one.
#3
88 keys would be nice. But they're usually considerably mroe expensive than the 61. (if someone knows of a cheap one tell me) I don't use the keys that are missing from a 61 very often, but i use them enough that when I switch from a real piano to my key board I get annoyed. If you're just learning, you shouldn't NEED 88 keys. But it would be nice.
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88 keys would be nice. But they're usually considerably mroe expensive than the 61. (if someone knows of a cheap one tell me) I don't use the keys that are missing from a 61 very often, but i use them enough that when I switch from a real piano to my key board I get annoyed. If you're just learning, you shouldn't NEED 88 keys. But it would be nice.



So if I started on 61 and went up to 88, I wouldn't suddenly be unable to find my place, or become lost in the new keys?
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Not having 88 keys is a pain in the a$$ sometimes, especially if you're trying to learn a song that requires some of those lower keys you're missing. They aren't totally necessary though. I started playing with 61 keys and had no problem moving on to 88. Chances are the keyboard you're looking at has a transpose feature, so you could just move everything up or down an octave if you needed to.
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You'd be able to switch back and forth, as mostly your coordinated around middle C anyway. However, weighted keys are very important as it actually feels more like an actually piano and generally reads dynamics better.
#8
you shouldn't be lost if you switch. The keys are the same size and distance apart, for me it's kind of like switching from violin to guitar. I go from having to find all my notes on 4 strings to having six. It's not exactly the same obviously. Two different styles of instrument. But still.

I'd just get an 88 if I could find it. and with weighted keys.
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You'd be able to switch back and forth, as mostly your coordinated around middle C anyway. However, weighted keys are very important as it actually feels more like an actually piano and generally reads dynamics better.


Are there any keyboards for less than $200 that have weighted keys that you know of? Apparently the PSR E313 has dynamics, but not weighted keys.
#10
I deduct from my advanced logic that an 88 key keyboard has more keys than a 61 key keyboard, while the 61 key keyboard is considerably smaller
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just get a 70odd i forget exactly how many

Seventy-six is the most common 70-odd key count. That was going to be my recommendation.

If I were on a 61-key keyboard, I would be missing the other 27 keys the entire time (especially the lower omitted keys), but 76 keys would be significantly more tolerable. Granted, I'd still be longing for a full keyboard.

Weighted keys are also very important to consider. Playing on synth-action drives me absolutely crazy.
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I think my school has a few of those casio ones or something just like it. They play pretty well. Not as well as a more expensive one, but hey. They sound pretty decent as well.

But I don't have any real experience with them.
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88 is 27 more.
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cheapest 88 i've seen was around 400
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I think my school has a few of those casio ones or something just like it. They play pretty well. Not as well as a more expensive one, but hey. They sound pretty decent as well.

But I don't have any real experience with them.


Thanks, reviews on Harmony Central seem to be positive enough as well. I'll try to find one for cheaper than regular.
#20
i like 88 more...but id just as easily go for the 76 key...dont go lower

i have like a 30 something keyboard and its lame..im getting an 88 key next month
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#23
Well why don't you decide to learn key board instead with switchable octaves and pitch bend? I guess it depends what music you're into, keyboard has more tonal capabilities IMO. You could get an electric piano though.
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